Facility Friday: Panthers' Rock Hill, Florida A&M Reno

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The Carolina Panthers’ new facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina won’t be ready to open until summer 2023, but the team shared more of a look into what to expect from the project. The Panthers broke ground on the 240-acre property in July and begun the three-year long work that will create one of, if not the largest such facility in the NFL. While the team is building a 622,654-square-foot practice facility, it will also be a sports-and-entertainment venue with the potential to hold a variety of events, from soccer games to high school championships and corporate events and concerts. — The Charlotte Observer


This summer Florida A&M University Athletics launched its ALL IN campaign, an extension of the Rattler Athletic Fund, designed to make improvements to the football operations center. The first step was giving the field house a brand-new look. According to FAMU Athletic Director Kortne Gosha, this is the first time the field house will have any kind of renovations in more than 35 years. The fundraiser is one of the major accomplishments to take place since Gosha was hired as AD in late November. The field house serves as a home locker room for the football players and an equipment and training room for the sports medicine staff. It also houses the offices for the football coaching staff. New lockers have replaced the old ones. Along with the new lockers, the flooring and furniture in the lobby area will be updated. The players and staff can also look forward to the plumbing and A/C unit issues being resolved. — The FAMUAN

Notre Dame Prep Baseball's new On Deck Circle has 38,000 square feet of space and features a full indoor field with a 40-foot ceiling. It also includes eight retractable tunnels and has a speed and agility company onsite. Even a barbershop is in the plans for November. 


St. Mary Catholic Schools has completed its new $2.5 million, donor-funded athletic complex, ahead of what will surely be a school year — and prep sports season — unlike any other as the coronavirus threat continues.

The Zephyrs Field project includes a new synthetic turf field for soccer and football and an eight-lane, 400-meter running track, according to a Thursday news release from the school system.

Other features of the new sports facility are collegiate-level pole vault, long jump, discus, shot put and high jump areas, and a new LED track timing and score board system. All sporting events will be supported with a high-performance sound system, the release says, and will include a Wi-Fi network for live streaming of all sporting events. — Post Crescent

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